When you give love, you open yourself to receive love.
Valentine’s Day has a tendency to strike a cord with single people all over the world and send nervous shivers down the spines of men in relationships everywhere. I’m willing to bet a few betrothed women approach the holiday with a bit of trepidation as well (Will he remember? and other such nonsense).
On my Valentine’s Day morning perusal of social media sites, friends were talking about the showering of love they got from their significant others before sunrise. Come on, really? I looked around and saw no breakfast in bed, no morning serenade, and no sappy love note. Hmmph, I thought.
That pitty party proceeded for a good ten seconds before I realized what a double standard I was playing into. I hadn’t, after all, given any thought to giving those things–only that I hadn’t received them.
Just because I was born with a cervix, does that mean I am exempt from giving Valentine’s Day gifts?
That’s when it occurred to me that in order to get love, one must GIVE love!
So I rose from bed, treated myself to a Valentine’s Day breakfast, and made a pact to, first, love myself. As I dunked an Oreo in milk, I mentally checked that off my to-do list.
Second, I decided to go about my day in a most loving way. Love isn’t just to be shared with your significant other (wait for it … ). Who says you can’t give love by chatting with the clerk at the gas station instead of waiting in silence for your receipt? Who says you can’t buy a box of chocolates and deliver them to the first person you meet on the street? Who says you can’t send a Valentine’s card to someone you know who is spending the day missing someone they love? Well, not me!
So today (with a few Oreos under my belt, quite literally) I’m vowing to give love wherever possible. I want to create such an abundance of love that people can’t help but bask in its warmth before paying it forward.
At the end of the day, I’m just going to be thankful for all the love I have in my life–not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day!
Happy Valentine’s Day, blog readers! I hope the love you give comes back to you infinitely greater.
Love is for sharing, so pass it on! With all my love,
* Shucks! When I moved my blog from another site, I lost all reader comments, ratings, and likes. My sincere apologies to all those who took the time to interact with this post.